Commando

Deneys Reitz was 17 when the Anglo Boer War broke out in 1899 Reitz describes that he had no hatred of the British people, but as a South African, one had to fight for one s country Reitz had learned to ride, shoot and swim almost as soon as he could walk, and the skills and endurance he had acquired during those years were to be made full use of during the war He fouDeneys Reitz was 17 when the Anglo Boer War broke out in 1899 Reitz describes that he had no hatred of the British people, but as a South African, one had to fight for one s country Reitz had learned to ride, shoot and swim almost as soon as he could walk, and the skills and endurance he had acquired during those years were to be made full use of during the war He fought with different Boer Commandos, where each Commando consisted mainly of farmers on horseback, using their own horses and guns Commando describes the tumult through the eyes of a warrior in the saddle Reitz was fortunate to be present at nearly every one of the major battles of the war Commando is a straightforward narrative that describes an extraordinary adventure and brings us a vivid, unforgettable picture of mobile guerrilla warfare, especially later in the war as General Smuts and men like Reitz fought on, braving heat, cold, rain, lack of food, clothing and boots, tiring horses.
Commando Deneys Reitz was when the Anglo Boer War broke out in Reitz describes that he had no hatred of the British people but as a South African one had to fight for one s country Reitz had learned

  • Title: Commando
  • Author: Deneys Reitz
  • ISBN: 0947464212
  • Page: 208
  • Format: None
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    1. The Boer War of 1899 is perhaps a textbook example of dualities in war, and Deneys Reitz’s brilliantly vivid account: Commando: A Boer Journal of the Boer War embraces and examines these inherent polarities. Despite being published in 1929, it still reads as fresh as if it were published today, working both on the level of a primary account of the Boer War and as a subtle reflection on the nature of the war and its strange dichotomies. Reitz manages to accomplish this deftly with an engaging s [...]

    2. Great first hand account of the Anglo-Boer war, from the perspective of an unusually astute young boer foot soldier.Deneys Reitz not only saw a lot of action in the war, being involved in many of the most notable battles of which he gives a full personal account, but he also met many of the leaders and most prominent dignitaries involved in the conflict (Kruger, de la Rey, Smuts, Churchill, and others). As such, he is able to provide intimate details on the day to day life of the fighting men, a [...]

    3. This is first hand account of the 2nd Boer War from the perspective a young Boer soldier. The book is well written and the account shows the hardships of both conventional war and the guerrilla war that was fought thereafter.Considering that this book was never written in the authors first language, it was a huge achievement.This is a great read if you are into historical accounts from a first hand perspective.

    4. The narrative of (later to be) Colonel Reitz who, as a 17-year-old, fought against the British in the Anglo-Boer War, and 30 years later commanded a British Regiment in France. If you have ties to South Africa, this book will be of interest to you as it is packed with history.

    5. War is a zero-sum game especially when it is part of a colonialist scheme. I cringed at the names mentioned in this book, Smuts, Botha, so reminiscent of SA's more recent horrific past (somehow I could not get myself to go beyond their more recent connotations). Still one of my ancestors is mentioned here in the battefield so vicariously I'm part of this madness. I found this book certainly interesting historically, the dynamics of the Anglo-Boer war explained in detail from a participant observ [...]

    6. Absolutely fantastic. One of the most capable and brave Boer commandants wrote this memoir. Everybody who would like to more about the Boer War should read this. Also, Thomas Packenham: Boer War and memoirs of Jan Smuts.

    7. Het boek van Reitz is een sterk en invoelbaar verhaal door zijn eenvoud van verteltrant en gewoonheid van het leven in oorlog. Reitz heeft een open oog voor de mensen in de strijd van Boer en Rooinek, van zijn medestrijders, de paarden en muilezels, de zwarte bedienden (die hij opvallend modern beschrijft) tot de Britten die weliswaar de tegenstander zijn, maar niet een hatelijke vijand.Vooral het tweede deel over de guerillaoorlog die hij onder bevel van Jan Smuts voerde, op weg en in de Kaapko [...]

    8. Wonderfully written, the best memoir of the Anglo-Boer War by a burgher who was son of a President of the Free State who fought in almost all theatres of the conflict. It would make an epic motion picture or TV series as Reitz's escapades, adventures and narrow escapes which make for great reading would make for great viewing. This is the only book I have read three times - at 12, at 20 and 46. In the preface to the copy I have recalls the visit to Reitz one dark London afternoon in 1944 when he [...]

    9. There is no better way to immerse yourself in history than by reading a first-hand account. I loved Reitz's gritty truthfulness, giving you an insider's peek into the hardships he endured as a Boer soldier in the Anglo-Boer War. It's incredible that he was involved in so many campaigns - Natal, the Orange Free State and the Northern Cape, which gives you a sweeping sense of the drama of the war. A hallmark of his writing is his unflinching honesty. I really hope this book gets made into a film s [...]

    10. This is a violent, tragic and moving story of men fighting against the British Empire, to defend their land a lost cause for these soldiers, but an incredible courage and an unbreakable tenacity they had. This war was one of the first modern conflicts, with shells, dynamite bombings, concentration camps (created by the English !!) and scorched-earth strategy Well-written and vivid storytelling styled. To my opinion a masterpiece of military history. Hail to the Boers.

    11. A seminal work and a must read to capture the spirit and the way the Anglo-Boer War was fought from the Boer perspective. Written soon after the end of the war it is highly descriptive and an east read. I was left with an over whelming feeling of admiration for this man, his views and impartiality.

    12. One of my favourite books. A must-read for any South Africans, or those with an interest in the Anglo-Boer war.

    13. Commando: A Boer Journal of the Boer War. By Deneys Reitz. 332 pages. 1924.This book was recommended to me by a friend. I was told to expect a great adventure story of struggle and sacrifice. The book did not disappoint. It is an autobiographical account of the Boer War written by a young Boer soldier. The author was the son of a prominent Boer politician and along with several of his brothers joined a Boer Commando unit shortly before active combat erupted in 1899. He remained in the field enga [...]

    14. I really enjoyed this first hand account of the Second Boer War, unusually written from the Boer perspective. Deneys Reitz was 17 at the outbreak of hostilities in 1899 and fought through the entire war before going into exile in Madagascar in 1902 (rather than sign the declaration of surrender), where he wrote this account of the war. He writes with an immediacy and raciness that makes his book feel like a series of journalistic dispatches. In his teens and early twenties during the events he r [...]

    15. Hmm, I don't know. This one just didn't blow my skirt up. I'm a connoisseur of war books and there are very few on the Boer War from the Boer perspective but this wasn't my favorite.Reitz did not capture the experience in my opinion. It was more a collection of events told from a largely stoic perspective. It's hard to describe but I didn't feel the passion and experience of the Boer warrior from this book, with the exception of Reitz losing his horse and his apparent compassion for the animal v [...]

    16. The pursuit of freedom Recommend this book to all young people looking for advice on the realities of war. Should be mandatory reading for all Americans who fail to understand that the freedom they enjoy is something that people the world over have fought and died in the pursuit of.

    17. The Boer War - what really happenedA fascinating recollection, by a young man of 18, of what really happened during the Boer War. Still interesting now.

    18. Fifth time I have read this book - I love it more every time. One of the great books to come out of South Africa's tragic past.

    19. I enjoy memoir because it usually takes you away from dry recitations of facts and lets you experience history thru the the thoughts and remembrances of people who were there. It gives history an added layer of humanity and reality. I've read just a little about the Boer war. A Henty book years ago perhaps and a book on Churchill's experiences. Reitz (pronounced "rates") was a older teen when the conflict started. He grew up hunting and riding horses and his experience stood him and his companio [...]

    20. One of the best and most vivid firsthand accounts of a personal wartime experience I have read (and I have read many). And possibly the most exceptional from the Second Boer War - Winston's adventures notwithstanding. Commando captures the valour, resolve and desperation of the "bitter enders" in their losing struggle against the might of the British Empire. It is a young man's perspective and thus naïve, but nonetheless, compelling. It throws a personal light on the more stilted (and political [...]

    21. An absolutely fascinating personal account of a scorched earth genocidal war mostly forgotten and wholly irrelevant by today's contemporary lights. This is not about strategy and tactics although those are found here, this is about one man's willingness to fight for his freedom against an oppressive world power willing to indulge in torture and concentration camps just to ensure its access to wealth. This is about introspection and observation from the viewpoint of a participant not a officer, n [...]

    22. What a great book of derring-do. I'd love to know more of Reitz; he is a real Boy's Own hero. The book gained my respect in the way he described his enemy - the British as honest and humanitarian. He did not vilify or condemn them for their actions. General Roberts and Kitchener with their scorched earth and internment camp policy were criticised for lengthening the war and strengthening the Boer resistance by those action: a fair point. Well written and interesting to follow his journeys on Goo [...]

    23. Reitz was certainly a hard-assed bastard, fighting wars in South Africa during the turn of the last century at age 17. The book details some of the battles he was in as he was starving and reduced to fighting while wearing nothing but a blanket and homemade sandals during the winter when the British cut off his supply lines.It's a good biography, but it doesn't contain much direct information about his individual gunfights or tactics.

    24. A fascinating and very readable account of one man's experiences and adventures in the Second Anglo-Boer War. Covers events that were untouched by history in my school days.I enjoyed it so much I'm now reading his WW1 account, and plan to read his post-war book too.

    25. Good It was very interesting I have heard of the boer war's but never Read a bout. People involved I enjoyed

    26. A fascinating account of what the boer war was like from the boer's perspective. It was amazing that he actually survived unscathed when so many around him didn't.

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